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A trailer rests partially atop a fence near standing water remaining from the March flooding at Offutt Air Force Base.

With heavy rains Thursday — and in the region’s forecast for coming days — the Army Corps of Engineers is warning of the likelihood of renewed flooding in areas where levees remain damaged or open.

The levees south of Omaha sustained about 50 breaches and only some have been patched.

Col. John Hudson, commander of the Omaha District of the corps, talked with state officials along the river on Thursday about the danger.

“It’s important to remember that a significant risk of flooding remains until the federal levee system is fully repaired,” Hudson said. “Significant rainfall will likely lead to higher river stages and increased flow through levee breaches. This will result in flooding in areas where floodwaters had receded.”

In addition to localized rain runoff, the Missouri River will be running higher in the days ahead as a result of increased flows out of the upstream dams. The corps is increasing releases from Gavins Point Dam because of heavy rain runoff above the dam. The agency wants to maintain enough storage room for snowmelt.

Storm puts on a show

Explosive lightning moved through the Omaha metro area Thursday night, along with drenching rains.

The thunderstorm led to the postponement of two games at the Big Ten baseball tournament in Omaha. Additionally, the National Weather Service warned of the potential for flash flooding into Friday morning. Some low-lying roads had already taken on water.

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Platte River Landing boat ramp to reopen

The Platte River Landing boat ramp and playground will open Friday, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District said.

Elkhorn River access sites remain closed.

Cottonwood lake rec area closes due to flooding

Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area in north-central Nebraska has been temporarily closed because of flooding in the camping area and along the access road. The rec area is in the Sand Hills and is managed by the Bowring Ranch State Historical Park.

Northern Nebraska has seen heavy rain and snow since late last week.

The park will reopen when floodwater recedes and the campground can be cleaned up.

Most parks, rec areas open for holiday weekend

Sufficient cleanup has occurred at Nebraska’s flood-damaged parks and recreation areas for most to be reopened, at least partially, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Notably, at the following state recreation areas:

Two Rivers: Camping and day use, with some limitations. Electrical service at most electric camp sites. Some camping areas closed, including the equestrian campground.

Willow Creek: Open to camping and day use, with most electrical service restored.

Fremont Lakes: No wake restriction lifted on Lake 10 and Victory Lake. A 5 mph/no wake restriction remains in place for Lakes 16 and 20. — Nancy Gaarder

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